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A new cyber threat campaign called Sea Turtle is manipulating the DNS systems to target public and private entities, including national security organizations, in the Middle East and North Africa. As per the researchers at Cisco Talos, it is very likely that the cyber threat started in January 2017 and has continued through the first quarter of 2019. “Our investigation revealed that at least 40 different organizations across 13 different countries were compromised during this campaign. We assess with high confidence that this activity is being carried out by an advanced, state-sponsored actor that seeks to obtain persistent access to sensitive networks and systems,” according to the researchers. The attackers carried out the attack through DNS hijacking, which means that they modified the DNS name records for directing the users to servers that were controlled by them. In January this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had warned about this campaign that cybercriminals…
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Cloudflare has launched a new virtual private network (VPN) called Warp, which the company calls “a VPN for people who don’t know what V.P.N. stands for”. On the same day last year, Cloudflare had launched a new DNS service called 1.1.1.1 to deliver internet’s fastest and private internet experience to the customers. Now, the company is taking the next step with the launch of Warp. The new solution promises to turn the weaknesses of other VPN solutions into strengths. Rather than just securing and optimizing DNS queries, the Warp VPN will secure all the internet traffic and optimize it. This VPN not only works in web browsers but also applies to all the apps running in the phone. Once enabled, it will automatically encrypt all the unencrypted connections. “We’ve built Warp around a UDP-based protocol that is optimized for the mobile Internet. We also leveraged Cloudflare’s massive global network, allowing Warp to connect with servers within milliseconds of most the world’s Internet…
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San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, announced results from the fourth quarter of 2018. In the final three months of the year, Cloudflare continued to expand its global footprint with 10 new data centers, launched its first mobile application, and opened a new office in Munich, Germany.

“We closed out 2018 with significant network expansion, our first consumer application, and a new European office,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “I’m proud of the growth our team accomplished in the final quarter, as we brought our network even closer to our global users and opened an office to be closer to our European users.”


Cloudflare’s new data centers bring its network to 165 global points of presence. With these additions in the United States, Bahrain, Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and France (Reunion), Cloudflare announced a total of 46 new cities in 2018.

Cloudflare also announced its first mobile application, the 1.1.1.1 app. Cloudflare launched the 1.1.1.1 DNS offering in March 2018 to provide users with a faster and more private Internet browsing experience. The 1.1.1.1 app allows iOS and Android users to quickly toggle 1.1.1.1 on and off on their phones to easily access an encrypted browsing experience. Since launching the 1.1.1.1 app in November, nearly one million users have downloaded the app.

Cloudflare also published an update on the one year anniversary of the Athenian Project, an effort to restore confidence in democracy by providing vulnerable election websites with Cloudflare’s enterprise-level service, for free.

In December 2018, Cloudflare received high scores from the 2018 Gartner Critical Capabilities report for Cloud Web Application Firewalls (WAFs)*. In addition, Cloudflare is continuing to expand its network across the world and now has a network capacity of 20Tbps.

Cloudflare had more than 865 employees at the end of 2018, up from 539 just over a year ago as the company continues to grow its engineering, sales, marketing, and support teams across its offices worldwide.

*Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., London, Munich, and Singapore.

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Jigsaw, unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has launched a new Android app called Intra to protect users against DNS (domain name system) manipulation. DNS is the phonebook of internet, that helps computers know about the servers connected to domains. Generally, the connection between a computer and DNS is unencrypted. This can allow attackers to interrupt the traffic and manipulate it. If the attackers manipulate the DNS, they can block websites, prevent users from access messaging apps and social channels, or even redirect them to malicious websites. Several governments use DNS manipulation to restrict citizens from accessing certain information. They sometimes shut down the internet in specific areas, restrict media houses to publish certain content, and overwhelm servers with fake traffic. According to a recent study, Venezuela government used DNS manipulation for blocking news websites, social media applications and media organizations. Such tactics are on the rise around…
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HOUSTON, TX – cPanel & WHM® Version 74 is the third release of 2018 and includes improvements in many of cPanel & WHM’s most popular features.

Git Version Control allows users to easily create and manage Git repositories on their cPanel hosting account. Version 74 now includes the ability to automatically deploy sites and applications from a repository, making it even easier to host applications on cPanel servers.


The development team has been hard at work over the last year to improve the speed and quality of cPanel’s Automated Backups. cPanel users benefit from up to 60 percent faster backups and restores. The File and Directory Restore interface for server administrators and hosting users, along with new and improved remote destinations, make cPanel’s backup system one of the most robust on the market.

AutoSSL and SSLs ordered through the cPanel Market Place will see a much higher success rate with this version. cPanel has improved its Domain Control Validation (DCV). DNS-Based validation and Ancestor-based (or primary-domain) validation reduce the work required of a user to get an SSL.

“cPanel & WHM Version 74 shows what can happen when you stay focused on what your customers need,” said Ken Power, Vice President of Product Development. “Across-the-board performance improvement, features focused on the evolving hosting market and tools that make server management a breeze. These changes and more make cPanel & WHM Version 74 our best release to date.”

As server administrators move to adopt cPanel & WHM Version 74, cPanel will see nearly 80 percent adoption across all cPanel & WHM servers. Take a look at the feature highlights on the cPanel & WHM Version 74 Release Site and read the full Version 74 release notes in the cPanel & WHM Documentation.

About cPanel
Since 1997, cPanel has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software. This robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM the Hosting Platform of Choice. For more information about cPanel, visit https://cpanel.com.

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Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is finally performing a root zone DNSSEC KSK roll-over to strengthen the security of domain name system (DNS). DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) is a set of security protocols used to ensure DNS information isn’t accidentally or maliciously corrupted. It protects against cyberattacks by proving authenticity and integrity of a response from the nameserver. The DNSSEC KSK roll-over means that a new cryptographic public and private key pair will be generated for the DNS root and distributed to intended parties. These parties include internet service providers, enterprise network administrators, DNS resolve operators, DNS resolver software developers, etc. “This is an important move and we have an obligation to ensure that it happens in furtherance of ICANN’s mission, which is to ensure a secure, stable and resilient DNS” said ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby. “There is no way of…
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